Judy and Liza Embarks on Premiere UK Tour
aaamusic | On 13, May 2011
JUDY AND LIZA EMBARKS ON PREMIERE UK TOUR
LEGENDARY LONDON PALLADIUM PERFORMANCE RECAPTURED ACROSS BRITAIN
Judy and Liza, the critically acclaimed musical experience, which recaptures Judy Garland and her daughter Liza Minnelli’s world famous 1964 London Palladium concert is to embark on its premiere UK tour this autumn, taking in 6 theatres across the country.
Having received standing ovations and acclaim from press and audiences alike during its preview run in Liverpool, Emma Dears’ hometown, in November 2010 The show will step out on the road and visit the Grimsby Auditorium (30 September), Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (6 October), Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone (7 October), the Stoke Regent Theatre (29 October) and the Broadway Theatre, Peterborough (4 November) ending at the York Grand Opera House on 12th November.
This dazzling yet intimate production tells the turbulent stories of the legendary performers against the backdrop of their London Palladium concert. Judy and Liza will take the audience through their triumphant highs, heart wrenching lows and everything in between against a backdrop of footage, photos and, of course, all of their most famous hits including ‘Cabaret’, ‘The Man That Got Away’, ‘Liza with a Z’ and ‘Over the Rainbow’, performed in a stunning style by West End stars Emma Dears and Lucy Williamson, backed by a 4 piece band with Musical Supervision and orchestrations from renowned composer and MD, Michael England.
The piece has co-incidentally been written and produced by Emma Dears, who also plays Liza. Prior to writing the show, Emma enjoyed West End success performing in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon, Grease and Oliver before touring as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Lucy Williamson, playing Judy, has most recently enjoyed an extended run in the West End as alternate to Tracie Bennett in ‘End of the Rainbow’ which also charts the life of Judy Garland. Previous to this, Lucy performed in acclaimed productions including We Will Rock You, Les Miserables and the recent UK tour of Stepping Out. Michael England has worked as Musical Director on a number of acclaimed theatre productions including Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal Drury Lane) and recently directed the music for the 25th Anniversary cast recording and subsequent UK theatre tour of Les Miserables.
The show’s writer and producer Emma Dears said: ‘When I worked in the West End, people always used to tell me that I looked and sounded like Liza Minnelli, so I looked into her life and the life of Judy Garland and became fascinated with their touching stories and the way that their songs highlighted and bookended various points throughout their time. I’ve wanted to write the story for a number of years, but now seemed to be the right time to do it. I feel that I now have the life experience and am of the right age to get the piece to the place it should be. We’ve enjoyed some amazing press and audience feedback from our preview performances in Liverpool and now is the time to get the show out onto the road so that more of Judy and Liza’s fans can enjoy it. I hope that the story touches the audiences’ lives in the same way that it’s touched mine.’
Judy and Liza is a show that is sure to enthral the whole family, taking the audience through every emotion from A to Liza with a Zee. So make sure you Come hear the music play, as the curtain rises on Judy and Liza at a town near you this autumn…Together, wherever we go
A trailer for the show can be viewed at www.judyandliza.com
“…their performances are spellbinding.” WhatsOnStage.com
‘So I would dance and she would sing, and it was kind of a family thing.
Performing was part of our world.’ Liza Minnelli.
GRIMSBY – AUDITORIUM
Friday 30th September 2011
How to Book: In person at the theatre Box Office Cromwell Road, Grimsby. Alternatively, call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 2426* or visit the theatre’s website www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk*
AYLESBURY – WATERSIDE THEATRE
Thursday 6th October 2011
How to Book, In person at theatre Box Office Exchange Street Aylesbury BuckinghamshireHP20 1UG. Alternatively, call Ambassador Tickets on 0844 871 7615* or visit the theatre’s website http://www.ambassadortickets.com/Aylesbury*
FOLKESTONE – LEAS CLIFF HALL
Friday 7th October 2011
How to Book, In person at theatre Box Office The Leas, Folkestone, CT20 2DZ. Alternatively, call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1776* or visit the theatre’s website www.leascliffhall.org.uk*
STOKE-ON-TRENT – THE REGENT THEATRE
Saturday 29th October 2011
Tickets: £18.50 & £20.50
How to Book, in person at the theatre Box Office Piccadilly, Stoke-On-Trent, ST1 1AP. Alternatively, call Ambassador Tickets on 0871 297 545* or visit the theatre’s website www.ambassadortickets.com/Regent-Theatre*
PETERBOROUGH – THE BROADWAY THEATRE
Friday 4th November 2011
Tickets: £19.50 – £21.50
How to Book, In person at the theatre Box Office 46 Broadway, Peterborough. Alternatively call 0844 850 0 850* or visit the theatre’s website www.thebroadwaytheatre.co.uk*
YORK – GRAND OPERA HOUSE
Saturday 12th November 2011
How to Book, In person at theatre Box Office Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW. Alternatively, call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 2322* or visit the theatre’s website www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk*
Concessions are available. Please enquire at Venue Box Offices for more information.